Quebec is only meeting the increased demand for daycare by half. We have the coveted $7 a day daycare system in place here in this province, and, apparently, we can’t get enough of it. Essentially, we’ve created a monster that can never be quenched. Daycare here is the norm. It’s so normal, that everything else is abnormal. Attempting to illustrate:
Mary to Doris: I’m sending my son to the Big Daycare down the road. Where are you sending your daughter?
Doris to Mary: Oh, I’ll be staying home with her. (or My mother will be watching her 5 days a week.)
Mary to Doris (gasping for breath): What? Aren’t you terrified that she won’t be socialized?
Yes, that’s right. Many in Quebec believe that, if you don’t send your child to daycare, they will be that weird kid who sits in the corner and talks to himself. A fallacious stigma once reserved only for homeschooled children has now attached itself to those kids who spend their early formative years with (brace yourselves) family.